BRAWLEY – The Brawley Elementary Board held a special meeting Tuesday night where they passed the budget for 2013-2014 and kept Vice Principal David Ramos at his new assignment at Phil Swing.
During opening comments Dixie Smith, retired Hidalgo teacher, David Ramos and Beatriz Duarte, 5th grade teacher from Hidalgo all spoke of their desire to retain Ramos at their school.
“Mr. Ramos is part of a smooth running car. This car runs smoothly because of teamwork. Instead of dismantling the well running car, i.e. high test scores, you should be congratulating the great team,” Smith told the board.
Ramos has been at Hidalgo for 6 years.
When the board came to the agenda action item on moving vice-principals placed there by Trustee Cesar Guzman, confusion arose when Guzman told the board he would table the item so the board could be unanimous and to bring closure to the matter.
Uncertainty on the term of ‘table’ and its role in Robert’s Rules of Order and no one giving a second to the motion brought confusion. Eventually Board President Padilla seconded the motion and it was voted down, 3-2. Padilla attempted to move to close the open meeting, but dissent arose from the public that the action item was still active and needed to be dealt with.
There was give and take between Ramos, Superintendent Ron Garcia, and the board on what was correct according to Robert’s Rules. Eventually, Padilla asked for a motion on the item, with none offered the action item died. This left standing the decision earlier to move David Ramos to Phil Swing. He will be teamed with Principal Ceci Dial.
The budget was passed 5-0 even with much uncertainty left by the state. Although Governor Brown has proposed that the past funding formula (Revenue Limit funding) be done away with in favor of Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the State had not adopted a budget by Tuesday’s board vote, but the state recommended that districts build their budgets on current law which is Revenue Limit funding.
Overall, there will be a $1,526,879 increase in cash flow for BESD that should arrive by the end of June 2013 due to revenue limit cash deferrals decrease from 32% to 17%.
The Federal revenue will show a decrease due to no carryover from 2013 and the sequestration. The Common Core State Standards comes with revenue of over $600,000, but not until the district develops a spending plan and a public hearing is held.
The 2013/2014 budget includes a reduction of 7 general education teachers and an increase of 1 special education teacher. It includes the addition of an Assistant Superintendent.
Classified (non-teachers) salaries reflect a reduction of one custodian, one maintenance employee, two health assistants, one bus driver, and reduced salaries and house for vacant positions.